As I write this, the United Methodist Church is splitting up over inclusion of LGBTQ folks; battles are raging in Iran, escalated by our US administration’s assassination of an admittedly bad actor in that region; and much of Australia is on fire. And that is an incomplete list. How frightening, how unsettling. There are also signs of hope, of course – people joining together to work for justice to build peace, and to help heal our planet that is greatly burdened by our human presence here.
I believe that we can do better, that we can be better stewards of our precious natural world and all her inhabitants. What will it take for us, for humanity to be better neighbors to each other and better housemates to the other beings with whom we share this beautiful planet?
Annie Dillard says that we are here to abet creation, to help creation thrive and grow. Let’s keep doing our part, believing that we can make a difference – because what’s the alternative? Not despair, not hopelessness, not cynicism – those will not heal our aching world. “Look to the helpers,” says Mr. Rogers, and let us also be part of those who are helping.
This week in worship our special second Sunday offering will go to Abundant LUUv – a Unitarian Universalist congregation in the heart of the black community in Atlanta. The founding minister is my dear colleague the Reverend Duncan Teague. We will have some words from Rev. Teague telling us about his ministry and thanking us for our support. He has been moved by CVUU’s story of growth and change and hopes to visit here soon.
This Sunday after worship is the first “second Sunday seminar.” We’ll meet in the board room on the second floor from 12 (right after coffee hour) to about 1:15. Our first topic will be some basic UU history and theology, focusing on the origins of both Unitarianism and Universalism and how they came together. Next month (Sunday, Feb 9th) we’ll talk about some of the issues that emerged in the newly formed Unitarian Universalism of the 1960s and the impacts of those events on our present-day movement. I hope you’ll join us. Welcome to all – folks new to Unitarian Universalism and folks who have been around for a while – something for everyone in talking about the history of our faith.
I am grateful to those who traveled to Richmond today to be at the opening of Virginia’s General Assembly. May our presence there remind our leaders that they are called to serve and to promote justice for all.
Rev. Justine Sullivan
Interim Minister, CVUU